Category Archives: New Evangelization

The Pope Owns TV, So Why Are We Losing the Culture Wars?

I’m sitting here watching Pope Francis on Time Warner Cable’s new all-pope-all-the-time channel — click here for details —  while coverage also continues on Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, the broadcast networks, EWTN, etc. There’s no bigger news right now (Thank God!) than the pope’s Apostolic Visit to the U.S., specifically New York, Washington, D.C., and […]

A Family Resemblance

  I recently came across a beautiful story about the papal visit from the San Francisco Chronicle. The piece is a stark reminder of power of unconditional love and the message of mercy. Nothing is more compelling–nothing is more true–than the unconditional love of the Father. The story picks up with the pope meeting AIDS patients during a visit to a local church: […]

Wednesday the President, Sunday the Pope

When an American President invites someone to the White House, or even says his name in a public address, more than style points are at stake. We can argue about his legacy, but someone who understood this well and used it to good effect was President George W. Bush, who made it his purpose to […]

Priest Spends Ten Months Playing With Legos, Everybody Wins

This.  Is.  Awesome. Fr. Bob Simon, from St. Catherine of Siena parish in Moscow, Pennsylvania, has built a detailed model of St. Peter’s Basilica and Square entirely out of Legos, which will be on display at the Franklin Institute through February 15. Five fun facts: 1.  The model Vatican measures 14×6 feet and uses 500,000 […]

Remembering the Dignity of Work on Labor Day

  America pauses this week—as we do every year on this first Monday in September—to rest from and to recall the dignity of work.  The Church’s reflection on the nature and importance of work is extensive, especially in the twentieth-century.  While it’s an over-simplification to say that Her first formal treatment of work was Leo […]

Poll Reveals Catholic Base is Strong in U.S.

Public Religion Research Institute just released a survey of Catholics. The survey covers devout Catholics, ‘Christmas-and-Easter’ Catholics and (for reasons I don’t quite get) former Catholics. It attempts to quantify the effect that the so-called “Francis Effect” has on the Church’s own. How does the much-vaunted power of Pope Francis’ open-hearted approach to the papacy […]

Mumford & Sons Sing of Emmanuel in our Timshel

  If you are a Mumford and Sons fan, then you are probably familiar with the word “Timshel,” which is the title of the briefest song on their debut album: “Sigh No More.” If you are a Biblical scholar, or a student of the Hebrew language, then you would probably recognize timshel from the Hebrew […]

Esquire Writer Finds a World Hungry for a Priest

What difference does it make if a priest goes out in public wearing the outfit that proclaims his vocation? As it turns out, quite a lot, especially if you opt for the full Monty. In a recent Esquire article, a writer experimented with walking around Chicago in the uniforms of various professions, including the full-length […]

Jim Gaffigan’s ‘Shiite Catholic’ Wife and the New Evangelization

In interviews, Jeannie Gaffigan says she and her husband Jim are not trying to evangelize. But in a postmodern secularist world, maybe evangelization has to be indirect. “The Jim Gaffigan Show” starring the comedian and produced by his wife, is about the life of a comedian living in New York with his “Shiite Catholic” wife […]



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